Kiru prin­ci­pal’s mur­der taken over by DCI’s Homi­cide Unit

Widow Muthoni has been re­manded for seven days by a Mu­rang’a court to give po­lice time to in­ves­ti­gate her hus­band’s mur­der. Other peo­ple are be­lieved to be in­volved

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

DCI’s Homi­cide Unit yes­ter­day took over in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ab­duc­tion, tor­ture and mur­der of Kiru Boys High School prin­ci­pal Solomon Mwangi.

His widow Jane Muthoni is be­ing held. Po­lice call her the prime sus­pect but say other peo­ple were in­volved.

Mwangi’s body was found dumped in a cof­fee plan­ta­tion in Ki­ambu on Sun­day and po­lice ar­rested Muthoni.

A team of de­tec­tives from the unit yes­ter­day morn­ing vis­ited the Mu­rang’a po­lice sta­tion to take the file.

Mu­rang’a county po­lice com­man­der Naomi Ichami said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions will be han­dled from Nairobi. She said ev­i­dence col­lected by Mu­rang’a po­lice in­clude an im­pounded sa­loon car sus­pected to have been used in ex­e­cu­tion of the mur­der have been handed over to the de­part­ment.

The team dusted the car for fin­ger­prints and ex­am­ined it for ev­i­dence. County DCI com­man­der Stephen Chacha said they are col­lect­ing foren­sic ev­i­dence and sev­eral peo­ple are sus­pected to have been in­volved.

This happened Muthoni was re­manded for seven days by a Mu­rang’a court to give po­lice time to in­ves­ti­gate.

The prose­cu­tion sought to have the sus­pect re­manded for 14 days, but prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate An­thony Mwicigi said the state had not given suf­fi­cient grounds to hold her for that long.

The mag­is­trate also or­dered of­fi­cers from the chil­dren’s de­part­ment to visit Muthoni’s home to check on her four chil­dren and present a re­port in court to­mor­row.

Muthoni’s lawyer Daniel Ki­ragu had asked the court to deny the prose­cu­tion’s ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing her chil­dren need her as they are mourn­ing the death of their fa­ther.

The lawyer also said the Muthoni’s pres­ence is re­quired at Ichachiri Boys High School, where she is the prin­ci­pal, as the KCSE exam is still go­ing on.

Mwangi went miss­ing on Novem­ber 6 and his mu­ti­lated body was found at Karun­tuma Farm in Witei­thie, Ki­ambu county. His hands were bound, teeth were knocked out and he had been stran­gled.

Mean­while, school heads in Mu­rang’a county have con­demned the mur­der of their col­league, say­ing Mwangi’s death was a huge blow to the teach­ing fra­ter­nity.

The head teach­ers, who con­verged at the county com­mis­sioner’s of­fice, said they will closely mon­i­tor the in­ves­ti­ga­tions to en­sure the cul­prits are pun­ished.

Mu­rang’a High School prin­ci­pal Willy Kuria said they will hire a pri­vate pathol­o­gist to help in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions. “We sent a team of three prin­ci­pals to City Mor­tu­ary to iden­tify Mwangi’s body. We will con­tinue as­sist­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions in any way we can,” Kuria said.

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